Faculty of
Construction & Manufacturing



  • Title: Plumbing
  • Code: F30121A
  • Level: Level 2
  • Length: 1 Year(s)
  • Term: Full Time
  • Faculty: Construction & Manufacturing

According to labour market information, the plumbing and heating workforce will grow by 2.3 per cent between now and 2024 and 26 per cent of the existing workforce are expected to retire, creating a further 50,000 jobs.

Starting salaries are around £15,000 - £20,000 and salaries can go up to over £40,000 for highly skilled and experienced plumbers.

16-18 year olds no cost.

19 plus please ask at interview.

This qualification covers a wide range of skills and knowledge required for preparing to work in the plumbing and heating industry.

In order to complete the qualification the following topics are compulsory:

  • Health and safety
  • Electrical principles
  • Scientific principles
  • Plumbing processes
  • Cold water systems
  • Hot water systems
  • Sanitation
  • Central heating systems
  • Drainage Systems
  • Practical portfolio
Level 2 – 4 x GCSE grade D or level 3 (including English and Maths)
Through the main application system via the Oldham college website please

Each theory unit has its own multiple choice end test and you will only be submitted for the exam when we have assessed your knowledge. These on-line assessments will take place under supervision in the exams centre.

Practical assessments are set by the awarding body and will take place when we have provided you with the training necessary.

  • Fully qualified Plumber
  • Level 3 Diploma in Plumbing Studies
  • Level  2 NVQ in Domestic Plumbing and Heating
  • Level 3 NVQ in Domestic Plumbing and Heating.

This qualification is supported by the APHC (Association of Heating and Plumbing and Heating Contractors).

The entry requirements for this course are dependent on your level of previous qualifications and experiences.

  • Learners who have some knowledge of plumbing and heating and are 19+

    Oldham College will arrange an interview and aptitude test prior to enrolling on the course

  • Full time learners who have previously completed a level 1 or 2 course in plumbing and heating with good grades in maths, English and Science.

This is a progression route, delivered full time over 1 academic year. 

This course is aimed at you if you are looking to start a career in the plumbing and heating industry.This qualification is suitable for anyone over the age of 16 who has good GCSE English, maths and Science and an aptitude to the industry or life experiences.

The section looks to offer work experience wherever possible. In the past students have worked on a large variety of work placements for both external clients and other departments within college. Other types of work experience could include talks by guest speakers or visits to exhibitions.

Study Programme

All students at Oldham College will participate in a personalised study programme that will maximise your potential and enable you to progress onto employment, apprenticeships or higher education.

This means you will:

  • Study a core qualification in a vocational discipline and continue to develop your English and Maths skills through functional skills, GCSE resits and the option of Level 3 qualifications
  • Participate in meaningful work experience
  • Enjoy a range of enrichment opportunities e.g. basketball, archery, skiing and sign language
  • Take part in dedicated tutorial sessions to review your progress and development

Visit: www.oldham.ac.uk or Call: 0161 785 4000